Thanks for checking out this single-pin picking starter kit! I've tried to include basic supplies to get started picking and reconfiguring common North American locks, but as you continue you'll discover what supplies you want based on your interests :)
This set should give you the tools to pick many Schlage, Kwikset, Master Lock, and similar door locks and padlocks.
(But remember! Don't pick locks you don't own! Don't pick locks that are in use!)
This is the lock! In detail, this is a pin tumbler cylinder in a key-in-knob (KIK) format. It's drilled for 5 pin chambers, and has a Schlage C keyway that takes SC1 keys.
Right now there's only one pin chamber populated.
This is also a lock! It's very similar to the above except it's in a mortise format. It's been modified to have grub screws at the top of the pin chambers which allow you to easily add and remove pin stacks.
Right now all 5 pin chambers are populated.
A medium and deep hook should serve you well while you're learning, but I apologize that there're only two styles of picks because of budget constraints >.<
When you want more picks, I would avoid cheap sets and get individual picks from a higher-quality manufacturer. (Start around $5 a pick, though, not $50!) People in the communities below can give good recommendations.
It's impossible to have enough different tensioners! I carry more different tensioners than I do different lockpicks.
In tensioning there are two main styles: bottom- and top-of-keyway.
I apologize! I forgot to include BOK tensioners. If you visit denhac's locksport meetup again, I'll have some available for you!
Bottom-of-keyway tensioners are inserted in the keyway opposite the keypins, where they can reach deep into the keyway and aren't prone to slipping out. It's difficult for a single tool to fit snugly in a variety of keyways, so BOK tensioners aim for versatility and have less tight coupling. There will be less room to maneuver a picking tool in the keyway.
These are DIY tools from discard windshield wipers. Tensioners in different thicknesses would come in handy when you expand your collection ;)
Top-of-keyway tensioners have to insert more shallowly to not interfere with the first keypin, which leaves them more vulnerable to slipping out. However, they are meant to have tighter coupling and leave more room for picking tools in the keyway, making TOK tensioners more popular with advanced pickers.
These are some baaasic tools to help tension from the top of the keyway. They're the ones I use for most padlocks, so I promise they're not useless, just short and stubby.
From least to most tick marks, their widths are 0.060", 0.050", 0.045", 0.040" and 0.037".
You can disassemble the lock by following kokomolock's locksmithing basics video, which will allow you to repin it.
It's possible to find more locks for cheap at thrift stores (particularly Habitat for Humanity) or places that sell used construction materials. If you approach a friendly locksmith and indicate that you're interested in locksport, they may be willing to sell some spare or discard cylinders.
When you're looking for more difficult challenges, Lockpickers United has a list of progressively more difficult locks, their "belt list", which is a good (approximate) reference of a lock's difficulty.
I recommend TOOOL's lockpicking 101 course, if you want a refresher.
For gaining confidence and picking repeatably, I can't recommend enough: the "Jiggle test" and the four fundamental pin states, by naswek.